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TREAD TRAINER COURSE:
Tread Lightly!®’s Tread Trainer™ course is an 8-hour course designed to provide a “crash course” on outdoor ethics focusing on motorized and mechanized recreation on both land and water. Participation in the course qualifies individuals to present the Tread Lightly! message to others in their state or region. Participants will work with Master Trainers or Tread Lightly! staff on understanding the role outdoor ethics play in the recreation community, learn the Tread Lightly! principles of responsible recreation and be provided with the tools to conduct workshops and coordinate community outreach.
The Tread Trainer course is designed to help volunteers promote the message responsible recreation where lands and waters are protected, safety is a top priority and everyone enjoys the experience of being outdoors. The course centered on land based recreation focuses on the Tread Lightly! principles designed to minimize impacts on roads, trails and the wildlands they access.
We also offer a course centered on water-based recreation. This course looks at how waterways and surrounding lands are impacted by recreation and the Tread Lightly! principles that minimize the influences of these activities. Both courses discuss different communication strategies to spread the message in situations from one-on-one trail meetings to presentations and promotions at events.
The key to a successful workshop is to have participants that are familiar with Tread Lightly!, involved in community outreach or recreational training programs or are interested in developing a higher awareness and competency on outdoor ethics.
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REQUIREMENTS TO REMAIN ACTIVE AS A TREAD TRAINER:
Trainers are required to complete a minimum of one Tread Lighlty! presentation or promotion within two years to maintain program benefits.
BENEFITS of tread trainer:
Trainers receive 100-page manual, Tread Lightly! PowerPoint presentations and training resources on a flash drive, certificate of completion, a set of durable plastic Tread Lightly! hangtags, set of guides for responsible recreation, set of PSAs, “On the Right Trail” video, $25 annually in free education materials and an extra discount on all Tread Lightly! materials.
Trainers also receive improvements in presentation skills, networking opportunities with other agencies/organizations at the course, expertise in Tread Lightly! ethics and ways to minimize outdoor impacts when recreating, use of the display upon request, updates through a semi-annual newsletter, emails and website.
Upcoming Tread Trainer Courses:
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Master Tread Trainer Course Description:
Tread Lightly!®’s Master Tread Trainer™ course is a two-day course designed to provide an in-depth look at outdoor ethics focusing on motorized and mechanized recreation on both land and water. Participation in the course qualifies individuals to present the Tread Lightly! message consistently to others in their state or region. Participants will work with Tread Lightly! staff on understanding the role outdoor ethics play in the recreation community learn the Tread Lightly! principles of responsible recreation, develop an action plan for outreach in their community, and be provided with the tools to conduct a variety of learning opportunities including training Tread Trainers through an 8 hour course.
The key to a successful workshop is to have participants that are familiar with Tread Lightly!, involved in community outreach, recreational training programs or natural resource management and are interested in developing a high awareness and competency in outdoor ethics. Participants should have some background in outdoor education or presentation skills and be well-grounded in the Tread Lightly! principles. It is highly recommended that participants have already completed a Tread Trainer course or some other outdoor ethics training. The Master Trainer course is an intensive two-day workshop that requires participants to complete pre-course assignments, develop and present assigned components of the Tread Trainer course and actively participate throughout the course.
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CANCELLATION AND REFUNDS:
Cancellation of registration requires 14 days written notice prior to course start date. Individuals who do not attend and fail to send written notice prior to the deadline will be charged the full registration fee. You may send a substitute to attend the course in your place. Extenuating circumstances will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. If a course is cancelled due to insufficient registrations, tuition will be refunded. Tread Lightly! cannot be held responsible for travel costs or arrangements made by participants.
Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations or who have questions about physical access may contact the Tread Trainer program at 800-966-9900 in advance of the program.